The search for perpetual motion and free energy. Conventional science claims this is impossible, yet generations of inventors have been mesmerized by the promise of an engine that powers itself.The world’s reliance on diminishing fossil fuel resources and the associated problems of pollution serve to spur them on. A Machine to Die For showcases a number of dedicated, sometimes eccentric, and always obsessive individuals who have devoted their lives to this quest.
Journeys to the Ends of the Earth follows in the wheel tracks of Ancient Rome’s Chariots of Fire the first wheeled vehicles to explore the Sahara and discover a little-known land of exotic brilliance, ancient cities and forbidding deserts. Libya a vast desert country veiled from the East by fear, prejudice and misunderstanding.
In the South Pacific there is no such thing as a deserted island. They may be the most isolated in the world but every one of the region’s 20,000 islands has been colonized from New Guinea, home to birds of paradise and the tribe whose brutal initiation ceremony turns young warriors into crocodile men, to Fiji, French Polynesia and Hawaii.
The earliest life-forms survived such infernal events by escaping deep into the ground, miraculously emerging again and again. The Earth has gone through innumerable catastrophic events, and life has survived by acquiring new abilities to live through each crisis. Earth was born as a result of repeated asteroid collisions, the moon created by a single giant impact event. Then, Earth’s size attracted huge meteorites, which slammed into it, causing high temperature rock vapor to cover the entire surface and evaporate all ocean water.